After a good jumpout at Sandown on Tuesday morning trainer Robert Smerdon has named the Coolmore Classic 2015 as the major autumn aim for his smart mare Politeness.
The four-year-old daughter of Street Sense was one of four top gallopers put through their paces at Sportingbet Park Sandown yesterday by the Caulfield-based Smerdon who is gearing up for a big carnival in both Melbourne and Sydney.
His headline runner was 2015 Australian Guineas-bound filly Fontein Ruby who is set to resume in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 14 before heading towards Group 1 Guineas in March via the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), also run at Caulfield, two weeks after the Kevin Hayes.
Smerdon though was also particularly taken by the trial performance of Politeness who ran just behind her Group 2 placed stablemate Shamal Wind, heading towards a title defense back at Sandown on Australia Day in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1200m), over 800m in the sixth heat.
“Politeness jumped on the speed and we were going to sit her off the pace but she landed there and Casey Bruce sat on her all the way,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria.
He has penciled in February 14 at Caulfield Racecourse, CF Orr Stakes Day, for Politeness’s first-up run in the $150,000 Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m).
“She had a nice hit-out without doing too much and she’ll resume on February 14 in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes against the mares,” Smerdon said.
That will be her first run since a good two length win in the Group 3 Summond Stakes (1500m) at Sandown-Hillside on Zipping Classic Day, November 15, at the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The other big win out of her four career victories was also at the end of a prep when she finished off her three-run autumn campaign last year beating home Cosmic Endeavour by one and a quarter lengths in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) in the wet at Randwick.
She has had one previous Group 1 start when far from disgraced finishing under two lengths away seventh behind upset winner Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day last November.
Smerdon hopes she can improve on that during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival then with her big aim after resuming in Melbourne being the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Racecourse on March 14.
“They don’t have much of a break after the spring so she’s maintained a lot of her residual fitness and is in great condition, I’m really happy with her and her main aim is the Coolmore Stakes (sic) in Sydney,” he said.
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